Stuff I noticed about the Texans tonight
Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
HOUSTON -- Some thoughts on Houston's work tonight in a 19-16 preseason win over Denver.
- Chris Taylor should get an earful when film is reviewed for a second-quarter failure in blitz pickup. He moved forward looking for someone near the line of scrimmage while cornerback Christian Morton flew in untouched from wide right and hammered Sage Rosenfels, forcing a fumble. Taylor did recover the ball. But he was very lucky Rosenfels wasn't hurt.
"That was my fault, I apologized to Sage," he said. "That was must a missed read that I had, but it won't happen again."
Rosenfels' take: "That blitz doesn't happen very often in that formation. That is his responsibility, but as weird as it sounds it didn't actually hurt very bad. Thankfully it was a corner instead of a linebacker."
- Ahman Green tweaked his groin on the first offensive play, a 5-yard catch. So Taylor got all the first-half running back carries. Nineteen yards on 10 handoffs didn't indicate that the new cut-blocking scheme was creating a lot of room for him. At least once, however, he did far too much dancing and didn't seem like a subscriber to the one-cut and go mindset. Ten of those 19 yards came on one carry.
- Jacoby Jones did way too much East-West running on a third-quarter punt return, but at least he coughed the ball up and lost a fumble when he was finished. He estimated he ran almost 110 yards on the play. He wasn't exaggerating by much.
- From the it-sounds-significant-but-isn't-department: Rosenfels has now thrown a touchdown pass in all nine of his preseason appearances for the Texans.
- Outside linebacker Zac Diles looked good to me. He played into the second half, looked fast and was around the ball quite a bit. Talked to him briefly after and he seemed pleased with his course so far.
- Two interceptions for the Texans were opportunistic: safety Nick Ferguson pulled his in when Patrick Ramsey overthrew Keary Colbert. Jamar Fletcher's came on a Ramsey Hail Mary on the last play of the first half. Jay Cutler found a lot of short, quick stuff before he left the game.
- Running back Chris Brown, who's missed time with back problems, dressed but did not play.